Only leftists, not conservatives, believe that they can improve people by legislation and fiat. This is really the key to understanding the left. They are profoundly uncomfortable with free people doing what free people do without intervention by an enlightened vanguard. This is because they don’t see the “masses” as equals but as automatons acted upon by external forces. They want desperately to save the masses from the free-for-all that is freedom. They believe that through “enlightened autocracy” they can make the corruptible hoi polloi better people and create a better world.
Conservatives, on the other hand, see humans as individual entities who are ultimately responsible for their own actions. Conservatives don’t blame institutions for what people do or don’t do. The responsibility for individual behavior lies with individuals. Institutions don’t corrupt people, people corrupt institutions. Conservatives believe that free people, as long as they don’t violate the rights of others, have the right to do whatever they want. With that right comes the responsibility to accept the consequences of our actions.
Leftists believe, just as they people can be corrupted by society, people can be made more virtuous human beings by society. They believe that if people are placed in the proper social context, human nature itself will change. They aren’t afraid to impose that social order on the people, either.
Here, for example, is a leftist attempt to make people more virtuous…
Internet pornography could conceivably become a thing of the past if Rick Santorum is elected president.
The unapologetic social conservative, currently in second place behind Mitt Romney for the GOP nomination, has promised to crack down on the distribution of pornography if elected.
Santorum says in a statement posted to his website, “The Obama Administration has turned a blind eye to those who wish to preserve our culture from the scourge of pornography and has refused to enforce obscenity laws.”
If elected, he promises to “vigorously” enforce laws that “prohibit distribution of hardcore (obscene) pornography on the Internet, on cable/satellite TV, on hotel/motel TV, in retail shops and through the mail or by common carrier.”
Just calling it like I see it Revoistas.